Over half a million people watched entertainment content from TVNZ Ondemand in May, leading to a record high of 2.5 million video streams. This is a massive 56 per cent increase in the number of streams from the same month last year.

High quality content aired on TV ONE and TV2 continues to drive this success with local favourite Shortland Street consistently appearing in the top ten streams for the platform. The 20th anniversary of the show in May boosted the number of video streams, along with TV2’s hit drama Revenge, popular comedy The Big Bang Theory, and leading local series MasterChef New Zealand. Continue reading »

NZ On Air, TVNZ and South Pacific Pictures have joined together to secure more subtitles on Kiwi DVDs.

The move helps extend DVD viewing options for Deaf and hearing impaired audiences.

Louise Carroll, the chairperson of the cross sector Captioning Working Group, says the group applauds this development. “New Zealand’s level of captioning was among the lowest in the world. NZ On Air is helping remove at least one aspect of this barrier by improving DVD access for more than 700,000 Deaf and hearing impaired people.” Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. MasterChef New Zealand: 766,140 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. One News: 700,580 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 664,890 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 501,270 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 442,790 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm) Continue reading »

Tisdale joins Sons of Anarchy

Former High School Musical actress Ashley Tisdale has joined the cast of Sons of Anarchy for two episodes. Tisdale will play a high-priced escort in the show’s fifth season.

Samberg in new comedy

Former Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg has booked himself a new gig in a new comedy series called Cuckoo that will also feature Greg Davies from The Inbetweeners. Continue reading »

Auckland marketing executive Chelsea Winter has been named MasterChef New Zealand 2012 on Tuesday 12th June on TV ONE.

In a two-hour special, Winter and fellow finalist Ana Schwarz battled it out to decide who would win the MasterChef New Zealand title and over $100,000 worth of prizes.

As a final test of their knowledge, skill and all-round cooking ability, Winter and Schwarz faced not one, but four epic challenges: a taste test, an invention test, a mystery box challenge and a pressure test, involving a fiendishly hard dessert.

Special guests included British culinary legend Rick Stein, Euro executive chef Eugene Hamilton, and former MasterChef contestant and wild game expert, Cameron Petley.

At the start of the epic cook-off, the pair entered the MasterChef kitchen to the sounds of applause from their fellow Top 16 contestants, gathered together for the grand finale. Continue reading »

Veteran Maori broadcaster Chris Winitana (Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngai Tuhoe) has taken on a new mantle as the host of Maori Television’s current affairs show, Te Tepu.

The weekly programme features prominent kaumatua as well as some of the country’s best speakers of te reo Maori who share their views on local, national and international issues.

Winitana – a Maori language and culture consultant, writer, journalist, teacher and television and music producer – makes his debut in front of the camera on Te Tepu, starting Wednesday June 20 at 8.00pm. Continue reading »

SKY Sport is pleased to be screening the Brother Rally New Zealand from June 22nd across the SKY Sport channels in what will be the seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship for 2012.

Prime is also delighted to confirm free-to-air delayed highlights from each day of competition as the world’s top rally drivers battle it out over nearly 210km of competitive stages.

Follow every twist and turn on this highly anticipated event over roads in the Auckland, Northland, Kaipara, Raglan and Te Akau. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Criminal Minds: 61250 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Revenge: 45770 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Person Of Interest: 32440 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Modern Family: 26420 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 24660 (TV2, 7:00pm – 8:05pm) Continue reading »

TVNZ’s online news has undergone a makeover to align more closely with its on-air counterpart and now has its own dedicated site, onenews.co.nz.

The new site will be home to all of TVNZ’s news content, while the tvnz.co.nz homepage will continue to have a strong news presence in the short term to navigate users through to onenews.co.nz. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 720,880 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 694,390 (TV2, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Force: 601,600 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Border Security: 600,010 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Close Up: 487,350 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »